MOKOOMBA : Straight out of Zimbabwe
MOKOOMBA brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro-fusion and tantalizing traditional Tonga rhythms.
The name MOKOOMBA stems from the deep respect that the Tonga people have for the Zambezi River and
for the vibrant life that it brings to their music and culture. This exciting Tonga group from Zimbabwe certainly
has a unique sound that is set to take the world music scene by storm!
The group was formed in 2001 and has today become a household name in Victoria Falls and have a
growing fan base in Zimbabwe. MOKOOMBA’s road to fame began when they won the Music Crossroads
InterRegional Festival (IRF) in Lilongwe (Malawi). The IRF jury members chose due to their great potential,
strong musical material, the excellent lead and backing vocals backed by a tight, strumming groove.
MOKOOMBA was awarded the Music Crossroads first prize : their first CD (6 titles) and a European tour in
summer 2009 – alongside a yearlong training program led by international music industry professionals to
prepare the band members for the long road ahead.
Mokoomba created a real buzz during their first European tour in 2009. During this tour they also got together
with the famous Dutch DJ Gregor Salto, known for his funky sets with a lot Soul, Latin, Jazz, Disco and Afro
flavoured House for the “Stand Up Take Action – End Poverty Campaign” in 2009 of Africa Unsigned where
they recorded the track « Messe Messe » and several remixes.
After that tour, Zig Zag World felt in love with Mokoomba since the beginning, decided to take them in its
international agency, next to artists such as the greatest master of djembe, Mamady Keita, the Ivorian bass
player Manou Gallo.
Mokoomba came back in Europe in 2010 for a tour where they did prestigious stages all over Europe, they
were the opening act for the Cranberries at the Colors Festival in Ostrava (Czech Rep.), Couleur Café
festival in Brussels (Belgium), Meyouzik festival (Luxembourg), Pirineos Sur festival (Spain), Afrikafestival in
Hertme (The Netherlands), Etnomusic festival (San Marino – Italy), City of Luxemburg festival, …
During 2010 and 2011, they recorded their 2nd CD « Rising tide » produced by the great Ivorian bass player
& singer Manou Gallo. A meeting around African music in evolution with boiling energies ! The CD was released in spring 2012 and has gained many awards and attention all over the world which made Mokoomba play the biggest and prestigious festivals such as Roskilde, Sziget, Afro Pfingsten and many more. They will be back for a 3 months tour in Europe in summer 2015 and will present a new acoustic show in autumn 2015.
Mokoomba is a rollercoaster ride of raw Afrofusion energy !!
Travelparty: 9 on stage plus 2
1- Mathias Muzaza : lead vocal & percussions
2- Ndaba Coster Moyo : drums & vocals
3- Miti Mugande : percussions & vocals
4- Trustworth Samende : guitar & vocals
5 - Donald Moyo : keyboards & vocals
6- Abundance Mutori : bass & vocals
Brass only on option for the next tour summer 2016
Territory : Europe